The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently requested that manufacturers immediately withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine – commonly known by the brand name Zantac – from the market. This move is the latest in an ongoing FDA investigation into the dangers of a contaminant called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in ranitidine medications.
The FDA has determined that the impurity in ranitidine products increases over time when stored above room temperature. This could cause consumers to be exposed to unacceptable levels of impurities, according to the FDA. Due to this immediate market withdrawal request, ranitidine products will no longer be available in the United States.
NDMA is a likely human carcinogen, which means that it could cause cancer in humans. Nearly a year ago, the FDA became aware of laboratory testing that found NDMA in ranitidine. Low levels of NDMA are typically ingested in the human diet. For instance, NDMA is present in foods and water. These low levels are not expected to be carcinogenic. But sustained higher levels of exposure could increase the risk of cancer.
Through laboratory tests, the FDA found that NDMA is in ranitidine at varying levels. At the time of the first tests, the FDA did not have sufficient evidence to recommend people discontinue their use of ranitidine. After further investigation, the FDA warned the public in September 2019 of the potential risks and to consider alternative treatments.
New FDA testing and evaluation confirmed that NDMA levels increase in ranitidine even under normal storage conditions. NDMA was discovered to increase substantially in samples stored at higher temperatures, including temperatures the product may be exposed to during distribution and when handled by consumers. The older a ranitidine product, the higher the level of NDMA, according to the FDA’s tests. This could increase the level of NDMA in the ranitidine product above the acceptable daily intake limit.
At Wocl Leydon, our lawyers are experienced in fighting the large pharmaceutical companies and drug manufacturers that make dangerous drugs. If you have been taking Zantac and you have developed cancer as a result, you may be entitled to compensation.
Call us today to schedule a free and confidential consultation so we can discuss your legal options.
What Is Zantac and What Is It Used For?
Zantac (ranitidine) is a popular OTC medication most often used to prevent and treat heartburn. Commonly referred to as an antacid, Zantac works by decreasing the stomach’s production of acid. Heartburn, which is also known as acid reflux, is one of the most common medical conditions in the United States.
In addition to heartburn, Zantac is used to treat the following:
- Peptic ulcer disease
- Ulcers caused by stress
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
Zantac has been linked to many different minor side effects, including:
- Decreased appetite
- Stomach pain
The more severe side effects Zantac has been linked to include:
- Liver failure
- Kidney failure
- Heightened risk of stomach infection
- Reduced heart rate
- Thrombocytopenia (low number of platelets in blood)
Long-Term Zantac Use Could Cause Cancer
Zantac lawsuits are classified in the area of law known as product liability, which involves cases where manufacturers and retailers create and distribute products for the general public and the products cause harm. The experienced attorneys at Wocl Leydon handle all kinds of product liability cases.
We handle Zantac cases where victims have suffered cancers due to taking the medication. Our attorneys handle Zantac cases that involve the following serious side effects:
- Bladder Cancer
- Intestinal Cancer
- Stomach Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Uterine Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
It’s extremely concerning that a drug used by millions may cause cancer. Thousands of lawsuits against the manufacturers of Zantac, such as Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim, are expected in the coming years. Allegations in Zantac lawsuits typically include one or more of the following claims:
- The company misrepresented Zantac as a safe remedy for acid reflux and other conditions.
- The company failed to warn the public about the risks of Zantac.
- The company failed to disclose the presence of Zantac’s carcinogens.
- The company has produced, marketed, and distributed a harmful drug.
At Wocl Leydon, we are filing lawsuits on behalf of Zantac users diagnosed with cancer. If you or a loved one has taken Zantac and developed cancer, we highly recommend you consult with one of our experienced lawyers about your legal options.
Do You Have a Zantac Lawsuit Claim?
If you have a valid Zantac lawsuit claim, you could be entitled to compensation for the damages you suffered as a result of taking the drug. Let the knowledgeable and experienced attorneys at Wocl Leydon help you pursue compensation for a variety of damages, including:
- Past, present, and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
These are just a few examples of the damages that may be available to you as a Zantac victim. Because proving the value of damages can be very challenging, it’s recommended that you consult with an attorney. The types of damages and the amount you are entitled to will depend on the unique circumstances of your Zantac case.
Contact Zantact Attorneys at Wocl Leydon for Help!
Wocl Leydon represents those who developed cancer after taking Zantac. If you developed cancer after taking Zantac, either OTC or by prescription, it is important that you determine whether Zantac was the cause of your cancer. Even if you are unsure, the experienced attorneys at Wocl Leydon will investigate your case and help you determine if your cancer was due to the medication.
Our Zantac attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not pay anything unless you receive compensation. We have the skills and resources needed to hold the negligent drug manufacturers accountable. Call us to take advantage of a free, no-obligation consultation so we can discuss your legal options.